All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
12:04 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mix: Björk, Torres, Boots, More

Clockwise from upper left: Panda Bear, Björk, Lowland Hum, Torres
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:01 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, we get heavy — heavy lyrics, heavy themes — as hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore the meaning of life, even breaking it down to the atomic level, with existential music from English folk singer Bill Fay, Björk and more.

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All Songs Considered
8:22 am
Tue March 3, 2015

TV On The Radio, Stromae & Courtney Barnett To Play NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Clockwise from upper left: Shamir, TV On The Radio, Boogie, Courtney Barnett, Stromae
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Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:32 pm

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Drum Fill Friday
11:43 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Drum Fill Friday With Steve Jordan

Drummer Steve Jordan is this week's guest Quizmaster.
Buck Lewis

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:40 pm

In last week's Drum Fill Friday I included one of my favorite drummers, Steve Jordan. (I won't say which song he was on in case you haven't taken the quiz yet.) I was first introduced to Jordan through his work with The Blues Brothers in the late '70s and early '80s, but his list of album credits is much longer.

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All Songs Considered
1:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Jimmy Page Reflects On 40 Years Of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

Jimmy Page is remastering and reissuing all of the Led Zeppelin albums, along with previously unreleased recordings.
Ross Halfin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:32 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:29 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Viking's Choice: Bosse-de-Nage, 'A Subtle Change'

Bosse-de-Nage.
Georges Monceaux Courtesy of the artist

Bosse-de-Nage's III was one of 2012's most exhilarating black-metal albums, with movement that lunged from ponderous post-rock to searing screamo mania without inhibition, even if it paradoxically came from an anxious state of mind. The Bay Area band's fourth full-length album (and first that isn't self-titled), All Fours, continues on that path, but somehow sounds darker and more vicious in its attack. Listen to the explosive "A Subtle Change."

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All Songs Considered
11:12 am
Tue February 24, 2015

New Mix: Lord Huron, Metz, Patrick Watson, More

Top row, left to right: Sóley, Patrick Watson; Middle row: Metz, Summer Cannibals; bottom: Lord Huron
Courtesy of the artists

It may be freezing on the east coast, but on All Songs Considered this week, we've got the hottest tracks to keep you out of the cold.

At the top, North Dakota songwriter Tom Brosseau tells a heartbreaking story about a boy abandoned by his mother. Patrick Watson returns with a vast and beautiful sound that explores the distinction between humanity and technology.

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All Songs Considered
10:26 am
Mon February 23, 2015

10 Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Also Loved

DeQn Sue was one of the many, many Tiny Desk contestants who won our team over.
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Drum Fill Friday
11:10 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Feb. 20

I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in D.C. (as well as the rest of the eastern seaboard in general) we've had enough of winter. It's been downright arctic with subzero temperatures, record snowfall and no apparent end in sight. All of which is to say that this week's Drum Fill Friday comes to you from the confines of my super secret Robin Cave, where I've holed up with my stuffed animals and an iPod to play sweet drum fill jams and drown out the howling winter winds. Stay warm, and good luck, careful listeners.

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All Songs Considered
11:42 am
Thu February 19, 2015

All Songs At 15: Have A Good Cry On Us

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs Considered
9:27 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Viking's Choice: Never Young, 'Ur A Front'

Never Young.
Courtesy of the artist

There was a time in '90s hardcore when slam-dancing riffs gave way to melody and tempos that swayed like a ship at sea, confusing pit rituals in the process. Quicksand's Manic Compression and Jawbox's For Your Own Special Sweetheart are just a couple examples of this evolution, and it's somewhere in that sound that we find the Bay Area band Never Young.

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All Songs Considered
9:14 am
Tue February 17, 2015

New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sufjan Stevens, JEFF The Brotherhood, Alabama Shakes, Waxahatchee
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Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:20 pm

This week on All Songs Considered we reflect on age and time, how we make sense of the world as we all grow older, and how it all ties in to the artist who opens this week's show: Sufjan Stevens. Stevens has been busy with numerous projects since releasing his insane masterpiece, The Age Of Adz, in 2010. But he's back with his first official studio album since then, the lovely and intimate Carrie & Lowell. We've got the first single from the album, "No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross."

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All Songs Considered
8:28 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Viking's Choice: Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, 'Unnamed'

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.
Invisible Hour Courtesy of the artist

In the land grab that was the early '90s Seattle grunge scene, TAD was the hard rock band caught up in the groundswell. And how could you miss them? Bummer melodies cloaked in giant riffs, a juvenile sense of humor (see: God's Balls, 8-Way Santa) and the larger-than-life frontman Tad Doyle. More than most of their peers, the band made records that hold up even if major labels dropped them left and right. Six years in the making, Doyle returns triumphant with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and one of the most satisfying and heaviest doom metal records in years.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Sat February 14, 2015

The Good Listener: Is It OK To Attend A Concert On A First Date?

Jeez, people. The guy with the acoustic guitar is trying to perform right behind you. Get a room, would you?
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the boxes of chocolate we bought ourselves to eat alone in the dark on Valentine's Day is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on the collision of concert etiquette and first-date etiquette.

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Drum Fill Friday
10:27 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Cursive's Cully Symington

Cully Symington drums for the band Cursive, but has also performed and recorded with The Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Shearwater and Bishop Allen
Danin Drahos

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:04 am

This week's Drum Fill Friday was put together by drummer Cully Symington. He's currently with the band Cursive, though he's also played with The Afghan Whigs, Bishop Allen, Okkervil River and Shearwater. Cursive is currently on tour for their deluxe reissue of The Ugly Organ, originally released in 2003.

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All Songs Considered
9:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Our First Ever Tiny Desk Concert

Will Marsh

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 11:28 am

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All Songs Considered
4:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Fantastic Negrito is the winner of the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Brian Gibel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:22 am

Today we're thrilled to announce that the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest is Fantastic Negrito.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Ask Me (Bob Boilen) Anything

Caller, you're on air ... uh, the Internet.
Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 8:27 am

I'll be online at reddit.com/r/music on Wednesday, February 11, 1 to 2 p.m. EST, answering your questions on this post. I'm a little scared because you can actually ask me anything. It will be kind of like a Tiny Desk Concert (intimate, awkward) but I'm sure we'll have fun.

In case you need a little background information about me:

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All Songs Considered
10:21 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Viking's Choice: Chris Weisman, 'Backpack People'

Chris Weisman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:53 am

Chris Weisman's songs shouldn't work. Or, at the very least, the massive volume and musical limits the Battleboro, Vt., singer places on his songs shouldn't work.

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All Songs Considered
7:50 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hear A Brand New Song By Lord Huron

Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails, is due out April 7.
Josh Sanseri

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:44 pm

Lord Huron's "Fool For Love" opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It's a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Sat February 7, 2015

The Good Listener: How Can I Avoid Love Songs?

When it seems like every song on earth is about love or its absence, the heartsick need a strategy.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the pheromone-laced collars we ordered in the hopes that our cats will stop acting like jerks is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on how the heartsick can avoid songs about love, sex and desire.

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All Songs Considered
2:02 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

All Songs At 15: The Near Disaster Of Our First Live Concert Webcast

The Bright Eyes setlist from our first-ever live concert webcast in January, 2005. The backwards handwriting you see bleeding through the other side of the page is Coco Rosie's setlist, another band on the bill that night.
NPR

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs Considered
10:26 am
Thu February 5, 2015

What Is Your Ideal Romantic Song?

Mike Katzif NPR

Is there a single song that sounds like romance to you? My mom might pick Sinatra singing "Fly Me To The Moon." For someone growing up in the '50s it might be "I Only Have Eyes For You" sung by The Flamingos.

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All Songs Considered
11:18 am
Tue February 3, 2015

New Mix: Toro Y Moi, Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, More

Clockwise from upper left: Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, Toro Y Moi, Other Lives
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:51 am

This week on All Songs Considered, we start the show with new music Bob's been waiting for two years to hear: the great first single from Courtney Barnett's debut full-length album. Don't miss the video for "Pedestrian at Best" off her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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All Songs Considered
8:40 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Viking's Choice: Mylets, 'Trembling Hands'

Henry Kohen records under the name Mylets.
Courtesy of the artist

Watch just about any video where Mylets' Henry Kohen is performing his guitar-looping one-man-band wizardry live, and it's like that one scene in Back To The Future III when Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen shoots at the floor, yells "dance!" and Marty McFly hops around until — much to the befuddlement of Tannen — he straight-up moonwalks.

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All Songs Considered
10:23 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Viking's Choice: Pile, 'Mr. Fish'

Pile.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 10:29 am

Rock 'n' roll can be a lot of things — dangerous, sexy, stupid — but Pile's rock 'n' roll is deranged. The Boston band delights in riffs that pop wheelies off the side of cliffs, the careening croon and yelp of Rick Maguire, and a pummeling punk rhythm section that eggs it all on. On its fifth album, You're Better Than This, Pile gives its grinning bombast some room to build, as heard in the side-eyed waltz of "Mr. Fish."

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All Songs Considered
10:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Jan. 30

Jazz percussionist Lionel Hampton once said that "drumming was the best way to get close to God." For me, it's putting together these Drum Fill Friday puzzlers. This week's batch of fills comes from a handful of (I think) instantly recognizable hits, so I'm expecting a lot of perfect scores. Good luck, careful listeners!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

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All Songs Considered
9:09 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Viking's Choice: Crypt Sermon, 'Will Of The Ancient Call'

Crypt Sermon.
Scott Kinkade Courtesy of the artist

Props to a metal band that fully acknowledges its lineage: Philadelphia's Crypt Sermon knows it couldn't exist without Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio-era Black Sabbath. On its debut album, Out Of The Garden, the band quickly gets into the business of making majestic doom metal that honors its forebears. Just listen to the hefty "Will Of The Ancient Call."

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All Songs Considered
11:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

All Songs Considered
12:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:10 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Viking's Choice: Ô Paon, 'Fille Tannée/Fille Tendue'

"With Fleuve, I was mostly writing about a potential version of myself — a more bad-ass, f----- up one," Geneviève Castrée says.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:51 pm

Nostalgia is a polar bear in the wild — warm and fuzzy from a distance, terrifying once the reality of its power confronts you. In her music as Ô Paon and in her graphic novels, the Anacortes, Wash.-based Geneviève Castrée often writes about the things that haunt her: violence, alienation, greed. With the loosely conceptual Fleuve, Castrée and her characters grapple with alienation from a place and time — specifically, coming of age in '90s suburban Montreal — that can't exist when you return to them.

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